Why I Needed Remineralising Toothpaste
My experience with dentists and cavities started at quite a young age. Like most kids, I got hustled off to the see the school dentist. My teeth were destroyed early on due to antibiotic overuse and chronic illness. By the time I was 12, I had eight fillings, one tooth pulled and a few others in question.
From as young as I can remember my teeth were stained. This type of staining is called intrinsic staining. Some antibiotics can chemically bind to calcium which is used to form teeth in the developmental stage. This binding causes a darkening of the inner structure of the tooth enamel which is much harder to remove then staining on the outside of the tooth. I have tried many things to whiten my teeth but without any success. Having now come to terms with the fact that my teeth will most likely always be stained, I have managed to save any further damage to my teeth by oil pulling and using a homemade coconut oil toothpaste. It wasn’t until I read the book Cure Tooth Decay that I realised the need for added minerals to improve my oral health. That’s where this DIY Remineralising Toothpaste recipe comes in.
Believe it or not, reversing tooth decay is possible. But it takes the right information along with a hefty dose of tenacity to see results. The Remineralising Toothpaste is a great starting place.
How does Remineralising Toothpaste work?
Diet, especially sugary foods and the bacteria that comes along with them, play a big part in oral health. But it’s the lack of minerals in our diets that hold the key, especially calcium. You also need magnesium, phosphorus, iron, copper and manganese. If you are nutrient or mineral deficient, chances are your oral health will reflect this. One of the best ways of increasing mineral intake is with a rich bone broth. The book Cure Tooth Decay goes into a lot of detail about how minerals are the essential missing link related to tooth decay. It also talks about how certain foods and lifestyle choices can lead to mineral deficiency.
Healthy fats are also an important element. Most of our fat soluble vitamins, A, E, D, K are needed to absorb the minerals from our diet. While the best place to start to increase mineral doses is through your diet, this Remineralizing Toothpaste can improve oral health by treating your teeth with minerals as well as drawing toxins out of gums and between your teeth.
Remineralising Toothpaste Vs Commercial Toothpaste
Most commercial toothpaste is full of stuff! Stuff that doesn’t benefit our oral health. Sure it might make your teeth feel better, cleaner. But most of the ingredients in regular toothpaste come with a high level of toxicity. Check out these 7 toxic toothpaste ingredients. There are so many other ingredients that you use for brushing your teeth.
A simple recipe is:
- 1 part baking soda
- 1-5 drops of peppermint or lemon essential oil
- Water to mix to a paste
- Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix and then use to brush
You can find my coconut oil toothpaste recipe here.
How Saliva Affects Oral Health
Many things impact the state of your mouth and oral health. But two things should be on the top of your list to start correcting tooth decay and gum disease. Those two elements are Ph balance and trace minerals. Your saliva plays a major role in both of these things. Saliva can alter the balance between an acidic environment and alkaline environment within minutes.
Here’s a post from my 30 day Oil Pulling Challenge on Facebook.
“Day 2 – How did the OP go yesterday – did you make the time to fit it in? No worries there’s always today. While I don’t make the rule of having to OP first thing in the morning, it’s best if you can squeeze it into your morning routine for 1 reason only. The acid/alkaline balance of your mouth. Your mouth is far more acidic in the morning because your salivary glands almost come to a standstill overnight. No saliva means a dry mouth. If you happen to be a mouth breather because of nasal congestion or sinus problems than the dry mouth goes up a notch. An acid environment encourages all types of bugs and bacteria not just in your mouth but further down your throat…. OP will shift your mouth from an acidic environment to an alkaline one by switching on the salivary glands and through oil pulling. So have you oil pulled today? For the newbies out there – just do it – find 20 minutes somewhere in your day. The benefits you will reap will amaze you.” 🙂
Saliva and Mineral Distribution
Saliva also helps because it carries the minerals that are essential for teeth enamel and healthy gums. Providing your diet has enough of the minerals in it, that is. Saliva present in the mouth has a washing effect. Thus the minerals have easy access to your teeth. The more acidic your mouth, the less saliva there is and the less mineral supply is making it’s way to your teeth.
Here’s a great video on a simple technique to create a saliva wash in a matter of minutes.
DIY Remineralising Toothpaste Recipe
DIY Remineralising Toothpaste Recipe
- 5 tbs calcium carbonate powder
- 4 tbs coconut oil
- 3 tbs xylitol optional
- 2 tsp bicarb soda
- 1 tsp bentonite clay or
- 1/2 tsp magnesium powder
- 40 drops peppermint oil
- Place all ingredients into a blender or mix with a bullet blender or by hand.
- Adjust flavourings, i.e., peppermint oil as needed.
- Store in a tube or jar.
- To use: Squeeze a small amount out of the tube. If using a jar, either dip your brush or scoop out toothpaste with a popsicle stick or small spoon.
What to remember from this Article:
- Remineralising your teeth can reverse tooth decay.
- Eating a diet rich in minerals and fats can help reverse tooth decay and improve oral health.
- Saliva is an important factor in oral health. Create saliva by following the video above, and by Oil pulling.
- Swap out your regular toothpaste for this Remineralising Toothpaste.
Have you ever made a homemade toothpaste? Would you consider remineralisation for your teeth? Will you make this DIY Remineralising Toothpaste recipe? Share your tips or questions in the comment section or jump over to Facebook.